Psalm 95 | PSALM of the week

O come, let us sing unto the LORD:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth:
the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it:
and his hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
For he is our God;
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

To day if ye will hear his voice,
harden not your heart, as in the provocation,
and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
when your fathers tempted me,
proved me, and saw my work.
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation,
and said, It is a people that do err in their heart,
and they have not known my ways:
unto whom I sware in my wrath
that they should not enter into my rest.

English hills sheep

"he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day . . ."
Hebrews 4:7


best of the War Room soundtrack | BEST OF of the week

Movie: War Room
Composer: Paul Mills
Album: War Room Original Motion Picture Score (playlist does not include music from War Room [Music from and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture])
Year: 2015

"We are never so high as when we are on our knees."
Albert Richardson


Bible passages about baptism | BIBLE PASSAGES of the week

This is not a comprehensive list of all the times baptism is mentioned in the New Testament. Instead, the following passages can be used to show that baptism (immersion in water) is a part of salvation, that immersion is for the remission of sins.

Matthew 28:19-20
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you"

Mark 16:15-16
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

John 3:5
blue water lake"Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

Acts 2:37-39, 41
"when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. . . . Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."

Acts 8:35-38
"Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."

Acts 22:16
"And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."

Romans 6:3-5
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection"

1 Corinthians 6:11
"ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

1 Corinthians 12:13
"by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

Galatians 3:27
"as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

Ephesians 5:25-27
"Christ . . . loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."

Colossians 2:10-14
blue water fountain rainbow lake"ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross"

Titus 3:5
"not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost"

Hebrews 10:22
"let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."

1 Peter 3:20-21
"the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ"

"the second birth, which occurs in baptism, begets sons of God."


paintings by Mark Ashurst | PAINTINGS of the week

"The Lord is my Shepard" [sic]
c. 2000~2008

c. 2000~2010

Every Month Is Colorful

Gouache Value Scales




Of the Week Logo

5 mediums, 1 logo


Stained Glass Window

Don't Read! Play with Me.

Wood and Petals

Coffee Time

The Gospel Story in Color

Copy of Albert Bierstadt's Indian Canoe (cropped)

Lake Kneedeep

What's Behind the Door?

Copy of Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer above the Sea of Fog

The Plunge

Wanderer below the Sea of Fog

"Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight."
Orhan Pamuk


The Great British Bake Off: Tarts | COMEDY SKETCH of the week

Show: Studio C
Director: Jared Shores
Producers: Jared Shores and Diane Mayne
Writer: Stacey Harkey
Editor: Trent Woolford
Date published: November 25, 2016

"Avoid eating raw eggs"
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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"Time" | SONG of the week

Artist: John Lucas
Album: Promised Land
Year: 2015

My heart has known the winters,
And my feet have known the snow,
But mine eyes have seen the glory
Of a seed begin to grow.

There is a time to uproot, darling,
But most days just hold on tight.
For there’s a time for darkness, honey,
But dawn will always beat the night.

Sometimes death will come calling
When you’ve been good and warned,
And other times its cold hands will cradle
Dreams yet to be born.

There is a time to dance on sorrow
And a time to kiss her cheek.
There is a time to mourn in silence,
But justice aches to hear you speak.

And I don’t know the end, or tomorrow’s story,
But I have found the one who gives me rest.
And I will make my bed in His promises,
For He holds true when nothing’s left.

There is a time when laughter will echo
Through your halls of peace,
But war is known to change your locks
And carry off the family keys.

There is a time for healing and pain,
A time for drought and a time for rain.
There is a time for everything
Until we crown the risen King.*

And I don’t know the end, or tomorrow’s story,
But I have found the one who gives me rest.
And I will make my bed in His promises,
For He holds true when nothing’s left.

So crown Him in your mourning,
And crown Him in your laughter,
And crown Him when it all turns dark.

Crown Him when you bury,
And crown Him when you marry,
And crown Him when your faith finds a spark.

Crown Him for He’s faithful,
And crown Him for He’s worthy,
And crown Him for He is good.

Crown Him for His promises
Cut through the blindness
Of children that have barely understood
The beauty that has come
And the beauty yet to come
And the beauty that is yours and that is mine,
And that death produces life
And that we are made alive
By the King who paints beauty with time.

And I don’t know the end, or tomorrow’s story,
But I have found the one who gives me rest.
And I will make my bed in His promises,
For He holds true when nothing’s left.

"Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise."
Frances Havergal


"Land of Hope and Glory" | TRIO of the week

Marches: Pomp and Circumstance Marches
Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Year: 1901

"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate"
J. R. R. Tolkien

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